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What Makes the Gill Foundation Different From Gay Inc. Groups?

Tired of letting Gay Inc. run all of your homosexual rights drives? Then you haven’t heard of the Gill Foundation, founded by Quark software founder Tim Gill. Rather than take the approach of the Human Rights Campaign, which involves (supposedly) lobbying lawmakers, Gill acts as an umbrella donation machine. Sort of like the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation, Gill selects other worthy non-profits making impacts on a smaller scale. As former executive director Rodger MacFarlane explains it, the foundation’s activism is less about pursuing its own agenda (beyond the broad “LGBT quality” mission) than it is about supporting the missions of smaller orgs doing good work. Oh, Gill also uses its clout to influence other donors and foundations to support gay rights issues.